Author Interview with Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross
Hi everyone. Please welcome Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross, the authors of Mother.
How long have you been a writer?
We both began writing at about the age of eight. Tamara was first published in the early 90s and Alistair first got published in 2012.
Can you describe your writing process? Do you dedicate time to writing or is it random?
Whether working on solos or collaborating, we work together, in the Cloud and on Skype. We definitely dedicate time to writing; it’s our job. We write a minimum of eight hours a day Monday through Friday, and half days on Saturday.
What was the collaboration process like when writing this novel?
The idea for our novel, Mother, was first conceived in 2013. We had several other projects we had to complete before we began it in earnest. We write our collaborations very much together, with both of us fully present in the development of scenes and characters. By the end of the novel, we rarely know who wrote what, and we like it that way because it means we’ve woven our work together seamlessly.
What inspired you to write Mother?
We have written about ghosts, vampires, elementals, and various other supernatural creatures. This time, we wanted to write about the scariest monster of all: People. That being said, there may be a ghost in Mother - this is something we’re leaving up to the minds of the readers - but Mother is not technically a paranormal story. It’s a suspense thriller, psychological in nature.That said, we’re tickled about the (possible) ghost.
What draws you to the horror/paranormal genre?
We just write what interests us and we don’t think about genre. We’ve both always been attracted to the unknown, the mysterious, and consider that just part of our personalities.
Do you have a favorite character in your book?
Aside from Mother herself - Priscilla Martin - Tamara enjoyed Father Andy Pike. Alistair was always a little partial to those strange, whey-faced little girls, Daphine and Delphine Dean.
Are you currently working on any new projects?
Yes. We are working on the second installment of our Witches of Ravencrest serial novel. This episode is titled Dead of Night, and will be out in a couple of weeks. Also, we’re both knee-deep in a solo apiece, and as of tomorrow, we begin the long-awaited sequel to Tamara’s Candle Bay, which will also feature some of the vampires from Alistair’s novel, The Crimson Corset.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Also, look out for my review of Mother in July's monthly reads.